Author: Clicky Steve

Stephen McLeod Blythe aka Clicky Steve. I get about. Internet Law & Policy LLM, lover of film and weird cameras. Community Guardian for

The Digital Services Act: Defending the Digital Single Market and the Open Internet

A coalition of technology companies consisting of Automattic, Jodel, Seznam, Twitter and Vimeo have published a joint letter titled “The Digital Services Act: Defending the Digital Single Market and the Open Internet”. The letter highlights their concerns over the potential fragmentation of the EU’s single market for the Internet as a result of national initiatives […]

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Automattic is an ORG Sponsor

This week we were proud to be unveiled as an official corporate sponsor of the Open Rights Group (‘ORG’), the very same week that the controversial Investigatory Powers Bill is being debated in the British Parliament. ORG has been fighting tirelessly for digital rights in the UK since 2005. Despite their relatively small size, they have […]

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Error 451: Unavailable for Legal Reasons

Internet Service Providers and online platforms like are increasingly facing demands to block access to URLs in different countries. These orders can come as the result of court decisions (in the case of the UK and Turkey), or directly from governmental authorities (in the case of Russia or Georgia) and are usually directed at content […]

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The Baby Dances On: A Win for Fair Use

Last week saw an important victory in the battle to protect the fair use of copyrighted material online. A Federal Appeals Court held in Lenz v. Universal that the DMCA requires rights holders to consider the important doctrine of ‘fair use’ before issuing a takedown notification. We submitted an amicus brief in this case, and are very pleased […]

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More Transparent Content Removal

Every day we receive a significant number of requests to have content removed from sites hosted on Many of these involve alleged copyright violations making use of the DMCA takedown process, or the publication of sensitive private information. We review every single one by hand to ensure that the processes are not being abused […]

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